Investing Blog

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:11 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A new survey has found that nearly half of investors trusted their financial services company less in 2010 than they did in 2009. It’s no great mystery why investors would be fed up with the antics of big banks and investment firms but the survey asked anyway. The Edelman Trust in U.S. Financial Services Survey found

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Friday, February 18, 2011 9:54 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

CD rates have gone up over the past 12 weeks in Bankrate’s weekly rate surveys. Don’t rush out to the bank just yet; yields have increased by mere fractions of a percent, one basis point at a time. The typical yield on a five-year CD has increased from 1.51 percent to 1.62 percent over three

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Tags: CD rates, CDs
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:20 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

What was life like before the Internet – particularly in regards to investing? Calling a broker, following stocks in a newspaper, actually leaving your home to open a brokerage account, they are all relics by today’s standards. Online brokerages democratized investing and gave everyone the tools they need to invest like a pro, or very nearly.

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Friday, February 11, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

After steady declines for more than three years, CD rates appear to have hit bottom — hopefully. The Federal Open Market Committee began slashing the Fed funds target rate in September of 2007. CD rates began to fall thereafter and here we are, about 40 months later, with the average yield on a one-year CD

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Tags: CD, CD rates, CDs
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 11:51 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Investors love exchange-traded funds, and that love just keeps growing. ETF inflows totaled $10.3 billion for the month of January, according to National Stock Exchange, a provider of exchange services. Not only do assets continue to pour into ETFs but the investments themselves have multiplied like rabbits. At the end of January 2011, National Stock

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Friday, February 4, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

To paraphrase Henry Louis Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. Does that explain the overwhelming popularity of actively managed mutual funds compared to index funds? No – according to new research from Robert F. Stambaugh, a finance professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Stambaugh

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Many people prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to investing. In the aftermath of the grim bear market of 2008-2009, it’s difficult to question that impulse. The most recent Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights Quarterly survey found that nearly half of affluent Americans consider themselves conservative investors. The survey defines affluent

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Friday, January 28, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Municipal bonds continue to hog the spotlight as the debate continues over just how bad 2011 will be for state and local governments. The Fundmastery Blog on Marketwatch.com neatly summed up what’s going on in muni finance in the post “Muni bonds taking a double hit.” On Monday, Kurt Brouwer wrote, “Muni bond investors are

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Monday, January 24, 2011 5:02 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last summer, the Securities and Exchange Commission was empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act to study the need for a higher standard of care when giving financial advice to investors. Currently only registered investment advisors are held to the most stringent standards, known as the fiduciary standard. They must work in the client’s best interest and

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Monday, January 24, 2011 9:10 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission delivered their study on the standards of care for providers of investment advice. After six months of study, the SEC recommended a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and investment advisers “when providing personalized investment advice about securities to retail customers,” the report stated. The study recommended that the

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